BODRUM, Turkey: Vast blue skies, relaxed fluffy clouds, and seven historical windmills paint a beautiful scenery in one of Turkey’s most visited Touristic areas, Bodrum.
Turkey has become an abundantly visited country in the past years. With part of the country being in Eastern Europe and the other being in western Asia, the country is colored with an exotic brush.
On a beautiful sunny day, I visited the ancient tower-shaped windmills, along with a group of employees from MEA company, as part of the activities accompanying the launch of three new eco-friendly products that belong to one of their brans "Ariston".
The history of the windmills is rather rich; they were originally created by the local people to produce flour to make bread.
At that time, during the Ottoman Empire period, the Turks and the Greeks used to live together, the tourist guide who followed us throughout the trip mentioned.
After the First World War, in 1922, with the agreement of the Greek and Turkish governments, there was a population exchange. The Turks in Greece came to Turkey and the Greeks in Turkey went to Greece.
Furthermore, the history of the windmills’ makes the listeners quite eager to keep something of the windmills with them forever, hence the urge to take a picture and freeze the memory for as long as they wish.
It does not end there, however, and the story gets all the more fascinating as the guide begins to speak of an island that appears in the distance, occupying a breathtaking piece of the panorama.
“This is Cos, a huge Greek island, which is only 10 miles far from the windmill,” he says.
In front of Cos, lies a small island called the Black Island, resembling its color.
The black island has no inhabitants; on the other side, however, there is a big cave, and hot water rich with calcium running under its grounds.
This gives room for the past in the present, and reminds the visitors of the Roman era, when there was once a spa, which people used to come to, attracted by the health benefits of calcium.
However, it is not completely abandoned. Some boat trips still go there to jump in the water, since the presence of both cave and water makes it suitable for diving.
The guide, who speaks with the tongue of history, turned the gaze of the visitors to a castle gleaming in the distance. It was built in the beginning of the 15th century by the Crusaders of San Johanns.
Prior to that, however, the Crusaders used to live in Bodrum, where their army base was located.
The guide made sure not to miss any historical event that is relevant to the touristic site, and mentioned that in 1522, Sultan Suleiman took over Rhodes, and then came to Bodrum with his big army.
Back then, Sultan Suleiman told the crusaders that if they fight, he will kill them all, and if they don’t, he will let you go. The Crusaders chose not to fight and headed to Malta instead.
Once the Sultan captured the castle, he built a mosque.
Currently, the castle is not open and it's under renovation. It includes five big towers, and has turned into a museum.
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